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McKaigue is impressive in Swans match

Derry's Chris McKaigue has impressed coach Paul Roos in his first competitive outing at the club. The Sydney Swans had an inter-club practice match on Friday with the former Gaelic footballer playing at half back.

"He did really well. He was aggressive and read the play well," Roos said.

"He certainly doesn't mind the physical contact. It was an impressive hit-out from him."

While it's being speculated that McKaigue's compatriot, Kerry's Tommy Walsh, may make his competitive bow during St Kilda's pre-season NAB cup campaign, Roos said it was unlikely that the Derry man would feature in the Swans tilt at a pre-season title.

"Probably not with the amount of new players that we have at the club."

Since McKaigue's arrival in the Harbour City, Roos said that the Irish man's aggression had impressed him most.

"With Irish players it takes them a while to realise that you can be tackled from the side or the back or the front or you can be bumped during a stoppage but he's adapted really well."

While Roos was pleased with the performance of his young Irish recruit, he was over the moon with the performance of Tadhg Kennelly who returned to the Swans for season 2010 having won an All-Ireland with the Kingdom.

"It's great to have him back and have him fully healthy. He was definitely playing wounded before he went home (to play with Kerry) and he was frustrated because he couldn't play the way he wanted to. But having 12 months off (playing Australian rules) and playing Gaelic has really helped him. He was really dominant in the game today."


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